The NFL season is approaching. Before the season starts gamblers need to get their futures bets in for the year. Here are futures bets to place before the 2021 NFL season.
Buffalo Bills to Win the Super Bowl +1000
The Buffalo Bills had a great 2020 season, as they went 13-3 and Josh Allen led them to the AFC Championship Game. Although they lost to the Chiefs, the Bills are poised to make a run deep in the playoffs again this season. They made sure to keep their core together and added to it in order to have better odds of winning the championship.
Allen has continually improved during his time in the NFL as a quarterback and the Bills added Emmanuel Sanders to their receivers room. They kept the offensive line together too, which means that they should be able to keep up with anyone (besides maybe the Chiefs). On defense they have mostly kept the unit in tact. Their secondary is specifically a great unit, but they have impact players at every level. After coming so close last year, the Bills may be able to upset the Chiefs and then win the Super Bowl.
Dak Prescott to Win Comeback Player of the Year +170
Prescott went down with a gruesome injury last year. He broke his ankle early in the season against the Giants and was unable to return. Without him, the Cowboys struggled and missed the playoffs. It was a sad ending to the season for Prescott, who was on pace to break several records at the time of the injury. In just four full games, and one partial one, Prescott passed for 1,856 yards, nine touchdowns and four interceptions on 68 percent completion. He also rushed for 93 yards and three touchdowns.
The Cowboys expect Prescott to be fully healthy for the first game of the season. Prescott is the favorite to win the award and he should still be the person that is bet on to win it. The risk is low as the favorite, but he is also the quarterback of the Dallas Cowboys, which always garners more attention. He also rejoins an offense that has plenty of weapons for him to utilize. On top of that, the Cowboys have a chance to win their division and make the playoffs. The other top contenders for the award, Giants running back Saquon Barkley and Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow, likely won’t make the playoffs, grab the headlines as much as Prescott or put up numbers the way Prescott is projected too.
Green Bay Packers Over 10 Wins
There is no debating that the Packers had a tumultuous offseason. But now, Aaron Rodgers is back to join the team after they made the NFC Championship and won 13 regular season games. Rodgers won MVP and the team looked bound for another Super Bowl appearance, until they lost to the Bucs. With Rodgers back, the Packers have every chance to get back to the same spot they were in last year.
Not only did the offense get Rodgers back, but they drafted wide receiver Amari Rodgers out of Clemson, traded for Randall Cobb (in a move that was primarily made to appease Aaron Rodgers) and they get wide receiver Allen Lazard back from injury. They did lose running back Jamaal Williams and center Corey Linsley, but they should still have more than enough talent on that side of the ball to put up some points. Defensively, most of the team is back. They still have a hole at linebacker, but they have one of the best corners in the game in Jaire Alexander and a solid pass rush. The defense ranked 15th in scoring last season and should perform similarly in 2021. In 16 games during the 2020 season, the Packers won 13, with an extra game on the schedule, they should be able to hit the over on 10 wins, even with all the drama.
New York Jets Under 6 Wins
In 2020, the Jets were the second worst team in football. They had a record of 2-14 and allowed 28.6 points per game. The Jets scored a league-last 15.2 points per game. With a bad offense and defense, the Jets needed to make massive changes in order to improve for the 2021 season.
They started by drafting the gunslinger out of BYU Zach Wilson to play quarterback. The Jets also drafted guard Alijah Vera-Tucker, wide receiver Elijah Moore, running back Michael carter and added wide receiver Corey Davis in free agency. On the defensive side of the ball, they signed pass rusher Carl Lawson and safety Lamarcus Joyner. The Jets should be able to win more than two games this year, but six is a steep increase. Wilson has routinely put the ball in harm’s way in camp and will need time to develop. They also don’t have a very good secondary. With the Jets being in what should be a tough AFC East this season, they may get to six wins, but it is hard to see them hitting the over. The safer bet is to bet the under.
Houston Texans to Have the Worst Record +175
Another team that has had a rough offseason is the Houston Texans. After shipping out DeAndre Hopkins last offseason, they have fired their head coach, traded J.J. Watt and will no longer have Deshaun Watson lining up under center. A lot has changed and they are not as good of a team as they were last season, when they went 4-12.
The Texans do not have many impact players on their roster and will have either Tyrod Taylor or rookie Davis Mills starting under center. The offense ranked 19th in scoring last season and without Watson figure to rank near the bottom of the league this year. Defensively, they ranked 27th in scoring last season and now have lost Watt too. Both units are on a path to be some of the worst in football. Other teams who have decent odds of having the worst record, like the Jets, have improved their teams. The Lions at least have Jared Goff, T.J. Hockenson and D’Andre Swift to keep their hopes up for some wins. Houston, on the other hand, would be lucky to hit their over/under total of four, which makes them the perfect team to bet on to have the worst record.
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